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Montana: Glacier National Park

Moderate to Challenging Terrain: 4-11 Miles Daily

Montana: Glacier National Park

Step into a world of imposing, snow-graced peaks, massive glaciers, whispering cedar forests, and icy waterfalls tumbling into broad green valleys. Here, deer and elk forage along aquamarine tarns and bighorn sheep climb rocky cliffs. The smooth stone chutes of plunging gorges, wind-twisted trees high on mountainsides, and glittering lakes reward hikers in this remote wilderness. Perched on the “Crown of the Continent”—the meeting point of headwaters for the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Hudson Bay—it’s perfect for those hoping to enjoy a pristine ecosystem in the heart of North America. Endowed with some glorious alpine scenery, it’s the perfect place to spot mountain goats, moose, eagles, and even mighty grizzly bears foraging through secluded valleys. With your expert guides, you explore iconic regions like Grinnell Glacier, Avalanche Gorge, Garden Wall, and Iceberg Lake. Enjoy meals showcasing fresh-caught trout, farm-to-table produce, and local game. Come fill your senses with the timeless splendor of two billion years of geological creation.


Tour Highlights:
  • Raft down the Flathead River along the southern boundary of Glacier National Park, and stop to swim, skip stones, and eat lunch at a bend called the Devil’s Elbow.
  • With your naturalist guides, trace the geological history of the park from ancient seabeds to crashing tectonic plates and glaciers.
  • Walk flower-studded hillsides beneath Mt. Wilbur, surrounded by creamy white tufts of beargrass, the magenta spikes of fireweed, balsamroot, monkeyflowers, and much more.
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6 days, 5 nights

FROM $3,798 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Your Tour Includes:

  • All meals
  • Local wine and/or beer with dinner
  • Exceptional boutique accommodations
  • Local Guide(s) with you 24/7

Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Arrival in Whitefish

Transfer to Glacier National Park. Avalanche Lake; 4-6 miles, easy to moderate

Your guide(s) will meet you at the Best Western Rocky Mountain Lodge at 8:00 a.m. in the lobby. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

Begin your adventure in Glacier National Park with a walk to the glacial meltwaters of Avalanche Lake. Passing the smooth chutes of Avalanche Gorge, you ascend along a moss-rimmed pathway through red cedar groves on your way to your destination, enjoying views of the surrounding mountains.

Accommodation: Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park

Built in 1914, this national-park lodge is situated in a cedar grove on the shores of beautiful Lake McDonald.

Day 2

Highline Trail to Haystack Butte

7 miles, moderate

Depart aboard one of the park’s classic Red Buses, ascending the well-known Going-to-the-Sun Road past the park’s majestic high peaks, before beginning a hike on the famous “Garden Wall” section of the Highline Trail. Stroll among wind-sculpted stands of fir and spruce trees and cascading waterfalls on your way to a promontory called Haystack Butte.

Accommodation: Many Glacier Lodge, Glacier National Park

The largest of the national-park lodges in Glacier, this historic lodge was built in the Swiss tradition and opened in 1915. Located on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake, this lodge affords some of the best wildlife viewing in the park.

Day 3

Iceberg Lake

5-9 miles, moderate, 1,200-ft. elevation gain

Set out for the aquamarine tarn known as Iceberg Lake, traversing slopes covered in wildflowers. On your way, delight in views of Swiftcurrent Glacier, Grinnell Point, and towering Mt. Wilbur. Stop by Ptarmigan Falls before heading onward to the glacial cirque that’s your destination. In the evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Many Glacier Lodge, Glacier National Park

The largest of the national-park lodges in Glacier, this historic lodge was built in the Swiss tradition and opened in 1915. Located on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake, this lodge affords some of the best wildlife viewing in the park.

Day 4

Grinnell Lake Overlook

5 miles, moderate, 600-ft. elevation gain; or Grinnell Glacier; 11 miles, moderate to challenging, 1,400-ft. elevation gain

Begin your day with a scenic boat ride across Swiftcurrent and Josephine lakes on your way to Grinnell Valley. Here, you walk through a forest of sub-alpine firs and traverse ledges of red and green argillite on our way to Grinnell Lake Overlook. From here, you have the option of continuing on to Grinnell Glacier, one of the largest glaciers remaining in the park.

Accommodation: Glacier Park Lodge, Glacier National Park

A National Park lodge, first opened to the public in 1913, with a massive, welcoming lobby and reputation as “The Big Tree” hotel.

Day 5

Scenic Point Trail

8 miles, moderate to challenging, 2,200-ft. elevation gain or Upper Two Medicine Lake; 7.5 miles, easy

Explore Two Medicine Valley on a trail that ascends 2,200 feet past Appistoki Falls to the spectacular summit of Scenic Point, where you enjoy views of peaks, passes, and deep blue lakes along the Continental Divide as well as the vast blanket of the Great Plains to the east. This evening, enjoy a lively farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Glacier Park Lodge, Glacier National Park

A National Park lodge, first opened to the public in 1913, with a massive, welcoming lobby and reputation as “The Big Tree” hotel.

Day 6

Flathead River Float Trip

Departure from Whitefish

Your final day offers a relaxing river-raft float trip on the Flathead River which travels along the southern boundary of Glacier National Park. Enjoy lunch at a bend known as the Devil’s Elbow before heading back to Whitefish to depart.

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Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

Carolyn Beecher CW Walking Tour Guide
Carolyn Beecher

Carolyn Beecher has guided, hiked, backpacked, and canyoneered in the Utah canyon country since the mid-1970s, appreciating the geological drama and the cultural remnants of first people’s lives. Although this part of the west lures her frequent visits, Carolyn has made her home in MT where she guides our CW Glacier tours since they were first offered in 1999. Through the winter she makes her living in the map business and caretakes a piece of land in the foothills of the Mission Mountains near Flathead Lake.

Jennifer Buls
Jennifer Buls

Jennifer Buls hails from Great Falls, Montana, and has worked as a rafting and hiking guide since 2002. Gifted in plant identification, Jennifer studied Forest Resource management. When not guiding, one can find her working in a local gear shop or out on the slopes snowboarding.

Glacier National Park guide
Tarek Penser

Prior to becoming a Glacier National Park guide in 2015, Tarek Penser worked several years for Glacier Park Boat Company while spending his spare time hiking as many of the park’s trails as he could. Tarek’s sweet demeanor and love of sharing his knowledge of the park are an asset on any trip. Living in Sweden during the off season, where he studies engineering and design, he is an avid traveler and once traveled around the world for over a year. His next goal is to ski the Vasaloppet (a 90 km Nordic ski race). In addition to skiing, he loves running, hiking, climbing, and biking.

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